Sade English – Skin 14 – Press Day

SADE ENGLISH – SKIN 14

“Designing garments that are not built to suit society”.
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Me having a mini photoshoot with the models.

On attending Sade English’s presentation for her striking new collection SKIN, I was blown away by how deeply dramatic and innovative her designs were – not to mention how fabulous the monochrome leather looked! I need to put my order in for one of her fabulous leather jackets – pronto!

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Sade’s vow is to never conform. Her aim is to open the eyes of the public, by exploring body deformities and disabilities and then challenging what is seen as the ‘normal’ body form. She incorporates striking shapes and patterns on her leather pieces, using inspiration from ‘unsightly’ insects. (The massive, gathered, uneven sleeves remind me of insects’ mandibles!) Sade English brings us SKIN, as art in the form of fashion and WOW is it stunning!!

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Sade has removed all gender ideas in clothing by making this collection unisex:
“All the pieces are unisex as I wanted to throw away any concept of ‘menswear’ or ‘womanswear’ out of the window, and that meant pulling away from stereotypical ‘gender’ shapes like the hourglass”.
Sade English on SKIN

In my opinion, Sade has achieved this, because if you were to blank out the faces of the models, they look truly androgynous.

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The raw and edgy visuals of SKIN challenge the traditional ideas of what is seen as beautiful and I think gives us a powerful message – that we should all be comfortable in our own skin – no matter how we look, as we are all beautiful!
SUCCESS!!

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 So there you have it, the fabulous Sade English!!

Thank you for reading!!

Love Serena

xxx

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Monochrome Safari

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Monochrome was seen all over the Spring/Summer catwalk for 2014 and in my opinion is the easiest way (if you’re anything like me) to solve a daily clothes… ‘what do I wear??’ crisis.

It’s so crisp and classic and you can totally channel your inner Coco Chanel with the following looks. Just don’t forget the pearls!!

So, get your binoculars at the ready ladies and gents, we’re off to find the ‘monochrome trend’….

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Monochrome. Fresh and structured – you can style it to suit a classic, tailored style or the minimalist 90s. Trust me, you will be very impressed at how sophisticated and chic you look, so lets get monochroming, fashionistas!

Monochrome Staple Looks:

The Co-ords

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Jacket and Circle Skirt – £14.99 each @ H&M

 Team this beautiful combo with a silky black cami or black sheer shirt.

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Then maybe dabble in a few gorgeous jewels from River Island – like the vibrant necklace from River Island below. Finishing touches: black tights and some fab, heeled ankle boots. New look have a fabulous and very kind to your bank balance selection.

Statement necklace to rock with your monochrome outfits…

 

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Coral 3D Flower Short Statement Necklace – £15 @ River Island

It’s not monochrome, but rock this with the monochrome suit above and you’ll also be working the new floral trend. Two trends at once – très fashionable dahling!

The Dress

Monochrome dress OLIVE

Tweed Check Combination Dress – £96 @ Olive

This dress is a statement on its own. Sling on an in season, oversized boyfriend coat with this beauty and you’re ready to take the world by storm.

The Trouser Look

Asos wide leg trousers

 Wide leg trousers in satin – £35 @ ASOS

From sophisticated office wear to glam after work drinks. This outfit takes you there.

Find a gorgeous white cami (as seen above) or even a sheer white shirt in any high street shop. Or try teaming with the fun River Island shirt below.

The Shirt

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White polka dot shirt – £30 @ River Island

This pretty polka dot shirt will happily see you all the way through to summer. A playful take on the monochrome look – happy days!

The Shorts

Monchrome shorts outfit Asos - £30 (White high waisted shorts)

White high waisted textured shorts – £30 @ ASOS

Ok so it’s still pretty chilly for shorts – but team them with your staple black tights and you’re working a funky 90s style, monochrome extravaganza!! It’s all very simple but it works.

Team with the fabulous Whistles Fedora hat (below) and you’re the Cotswolds’ next fashion icon!

The Fedora

Whistles Fedora Hat

 Fedora Hat – £55 @ Whistles

Add an on trend Fedora to your look for an instant update.

 

The Finishing Touches…

 

The Heels

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Monochrome Block Heel Ankle Strap Heels – £19.99 @ New Look

Adorn your fabulous feet with these babies and you’re laughing.

 

The Brogues

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White Hampton fringed brogues – £139 (were £199) @ Hobbs

Shoe lust alert – just saying!

 

The Backpack

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Smart Backpack – £38 @ Topshop

This bag will be your staple for years to come – instant wardrobe update with this sassy bag candy.

So there we have it – ways to wear the monochrome trend – in a nutshell. I hope you’re feeling inspired?

The greatest thing about the monochrome trend is that it’s timeless. You can wear it forever and you will always look so chic and on trend.

It’s Monochrometastic on a budget!!!! We’re all winners here.

Thank you for reading – now go forth and monochrome 🙂